Monthly Archives: September 2013

Wasps around Beehive

Guard Bee Defending Hive Entrance from Wasp

Guard Bee Defending Hive Entrance from Wasp

Wasps are a well known pest around bees and over this season I have seen this first hand. Wasps continuously attempting to find ways into the hive and also predating on weak bees and pupae on the ground in-front of the hive. Recently, when I stopped feeding and the weather turned bad, the bees started evicting drones and throwing out pupae. The wasps were all over them as they were dumped or driven from the hive. It was not a pleasant sight – but I guess that’s the way nature works. Continue reading

Bees Throwing Out Pupae From Hive

Pulling Out a Pupa from Hive

Pulling Out a Pupa from Hive

Its early September and I have noticed bees beginning to throw out pupae on a regular basis. These are then being predated by waiting wasps. its not a pleasant sight. Some of the pupae are clearly still alive.

I am not sure what has caused this behaviour but slightly colder weather coincided with me stopping feeding recently and this may have been the catalyst.

My other concern is that there is an increasing varroa mite count. Currently the drop is around 30-50 per day. So I might be seeing hygenic behaviour by the bees or the beginning of serious problem. Continue reading